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“Never to return.” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Pete & Sam's Restaurant

Pete & Sam's Restaurant
3886 Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38111-6635
(901) 458-0694
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Ranked #327 of 1,198 Restaurants in Memphis
Price range: $20 - $30
Dining options: Reservations
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1 review
“Never to return.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

No service and a "lost" cell phone. We get seated right away. Takes 10 minutes before the server tells us she will be right back. She doesn't seem to be in a hurry be takes another 10 minutes nf we leave. I say something to the manger and when he says something to her, she says "I told them I would be right there". Wow, that's terrible. We drive away and are less than two minutes away and we remember we left a cell phone. It has mysteriously vanaished and no one claims to have cleared anything off our table. I guess the waitress will sell it on eBay and get a tip out of us after all. We will never return. What a completed rip off! Very expensive dinner.

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English first
Arlington, Tennessee
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great authentic Italian restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

We were with a group of 8 and all of our dinners were wonderful. One had steak, a couple had the lasagna, and I had some shrimp pasta. We used to live up north and know good Italian restaurants, and this is the best one in the Memphis area by far. The location and building from the outside doesn't look like much, but ignore that and go in. Also, the prices are not bad at all. You can spend $12-$15 and have a wonderful meal. They have more expensive meals that get pricey, but plenty to choose from.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Memphis, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A Memphis Tradition”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Don't let looks deceive you. Everything on the menu is excellent. The steaks are amazing and the pizzas will keep you coming back for more.

Visited July 2012
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Memphis, Tennessee
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67 reviews 67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Hometown Original”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

The locals fill the place up on a nightly basis! The BEST Italian in all of Memphis, hands down! Bring your own choice of wine (slight opening fee) to enjoy with the meal. The service is nearly as good as the wonderful food!

Visited August 2012
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Memphis, TN USA
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“The BEST pizzas & steaks!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We have been going to Pete & Sam's since the 60s. Yes, it is in the same place, and while not trendy in decor, definitely has character as far as looks! They even used to have flocked wallpaper.

But the food has been excellent 99% of the times we have visited there over the years. We are in pretty much a rut as to what we order, and find their steaks and pizzas our favorites. We just returned from Italy and Dalmatian coast, and several times wanted a good pizza, and nowhere did we have one comparable to P&S's. Their pizzas, simply the best, particularly any with sausage (they make their own), BBQ, and BBQ chicken, pepperoni, or veggies, except mushrooms, as they do use canned mushrooms, or did, so never order those on pizza. We also love their Italian salad and daughter, a chef, likes their Beacon salad and toasted ravioli.

I think their steaks, particularly the strip, is the best, and they have the best french fries, which are all cut and fried fresh, not frozen. If you want good meat, you can also get their steak sandwich, which uses tenderloin, and also excellent.

Restaurant is BYOB, with a small charge for setups/wine glasses. They do serve beer. Most of the time, service is excellent, with many servers having been there for many years. Sons appear to be carrying on Mr. Sam's legacy as far as food, service, etc., as he died a few months ago.

Also, whenever I have someone from out of the US visit Memphis, we make a trip to Pete & Sam's, and have never been disappointed. While some might argue its Italian authenticity, depends on which region of Italy about which you are talking, as definitely more Southern/Sicilian, and probably really Italian-American.

Again, one of our favorite restaurants, and very good value.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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